Hotlinking, which is sometimes termed bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else may also create a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody could be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. That is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Since our cloud packages provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall add the needed code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in exactly the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with just a click.